Back To The Future is more than just 116 minutes of filmic fun. It's become an iconic slab of nostalgia which resonates with audiences to this day. Just take a look at the internet's collective foaming at the mouth over 2015's BTTF Day. This is an original, rose tinted film franchise which didn't rely on cutting edge special effects or rehashed comic book heroes to attract a devoted following. What it did use was simple storytelling and a killer soundtrack.

For this first edition of The 405's weekly film column, I was given the task of picking any film from the '80s. A decade quite like any other with its distinctive stylings which engulfed all art forms. It's up for debate if the decade produced quite as many #important films as previous years, but what cannot be denied is the sheer volume of canonical pop culture movies.

Back To The Future wasn't an easy choice - there were a number of great Vietnam-flavoured movies such as Platoon and Full Metal Jacket; sci-fi classic Blade Runner; and a whole host of high school romps like Ferris Bueller's Day Off or any of John Hughes' releases. Despite these examples using the soundtrack in different forms, it seemed that BTTF boiled down that '80s trope of fearlessly using pop music of the time.

Huey Lewis and The News were roped in to provide the title track, 'The Power of Love' - which Universal reluctantly chose to run with despite being unhappy that it didn't mention the name of the film. The song was a massive hit and went to number one in the US Billboard charts and was nominated for an Oscar in 1986. Huey Lewis himself even makes a cameo as a teacher judging Marty's band as "just too darn loud" when they play 'The Power of Love'.

The song sets the tone throughout the opening scenes of the film as Marty McFly makes his way to school on his skateboard and hangs out with his girlfriend. The upbeat cheesy synths and lyrics against a backdrop of shiny cars and spotless sidewalks paint a picture of perfect of small-town America. Immediately we're aware that the biggest issues affecting this film aren't Vietnam or the War on Drugs but whether Marty will be late for school or if the clock tower will be restored.

"You don't need money, don't take fame/ Don't need no credit card to ride this train."

The film itself cleverly toys with the idea of nostalgia. BTTF is mainly set in 1955 but it doesn't toy with memories of those who grew up in the 1950s who would have been 55 when the film was released. Rather, BTTF acts as a time machine for the present day which director Robert Zemeckis sucks the audience into curating.

We see Marty play Johnny B. Goode in the '50s high school dance and we're aware that it's an 'oldy' but we're also aware that 'The Power of Love' will soon be regarded this way, as will the songs we currently listen to. When we see that Marty's dress sense look out of place in the '50s we also know that his clothes will appear outdated in 2015 (which BTTF 2 confirms).

It's this sense of transience which gives BTTF a place in the hearts of so many people. It's a snapshot into a time and place which can be enjoyed even if you weren't there. It's an example of how good times last long in the memory and how every part of life is nostalgia in the making. It's also a perfect example of how a song can transport you back to a particular moment in time, be it a minute, hour, day, year or decade.